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Ciara tapped R&B singer Summer Walker for her "feel-good R&B anthem" titled "Better Thangs."

The music video dropped on Friday, featuring Ciara, 36, and the 26-year-old singer celebrating the "Better Thangs" in life.

Ciara says "Better Thangs" is "a feel-good R&B anthem for elevating every aspect of your life. It's meant to bring joy while inspiring the continuous evolution of one's self."

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The "Goodies" singer added:

"I have so much respect for my girl Summer and it's fitting to have her on the record because we connect on so many levels, from where we come from, to our journeys and our mission to inspire other people to go after what they deserve in life... better thangs!"

Hopefully, the mom-of-three can be a good role model for the troubled singer who has made headlines for the wrong reasons.

"Better Thangs" is the follow-up to Ciara's single "Jump" featuring Coast Contra in July.
 

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Vevo, the world's leading music video network, today released breakout ATL rapper Latto's second performance in her LIFT series, "Sunshine," off her critically acclaimed sophomore album 777 that was released in March of this year via RCA Records.

"Sunshine" follows Latto's previous Vevo LIFT performance of "Stepper." The recent BET "Best New Artist" winner has also previously worked with Vevo for Ctrl performances of 777's 'Wheelie" and "Trust No Bitch," and a Ctrl At Home performance of "Youngest N Richest" from her 2020 album, Queen of Da Souf.

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Vevo closely collaborated with Latto to build a world based on transformation. Inspired by the metamorphosis that flowers go through as they grow. After trudging through the dirt in "Stepper's" earthy, gritty set, "Sunshine" let's Latto bloom. Clad in head to toe pale yellow, she wanders through a field of sunflowers - a beautiful, poetic nod to her growth as an artist, while still acknowledging her roots.

Vevo's LIFT program connects today's up-and-coming and most relevant artists to audiences around the world through music video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo's artist development program shines a spotlight on the world's freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Doja Cat, Jorja Smith, Giveon, Olivia Rodrigo and more.

"We've loved working with Latto on her previous Vevo Ctrl performances, and were so pleased to partner with her again on her LIFT campaign," says Jordan Glickson, Vice President, Music & Talent, Vevo.

"Seeing her blossom from one of the world's best emerging talents into the superstar that she is today has been such a privilege. Her drive, passion, enthusiasm and creative know-how made this campaign all the more exciting for us to collaborate with her on. We have no doubt that her raw talent and determination will take her even further, and are thrilled to be a part of her journey to the top."

Source: Press release

Watch the video below.
 

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Nicki Minaj dropped the music video for her new song "Super Freaky Girl." The song samples Rick James' hit "Super Freak.'

In the video, the 39-year-old rapper boasts about her bedroom skills while sashaying around her neighborhood in skimpy attire. She also seduces a neighbor's husband in her pink kitchen and tools around the neighborhood in a pink Lamborghini.

She raps:

    They can't be Nicki, they so stupid, I just laugh when they try
    A thong bikini up my a**, I think I'll go for a dive
    His ex b*tch went up against me, but she didn't survive
    On applications I write "pressure" 'cause that's what I apply (Brr)
    P-P-P-Pressure applied, can't f*ck a regular guy
    Wetter than umbrellas and stickier than apple pie

The music video is uncensored, meaning it's NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
 
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Kendrick Lamar's hardcore music video for "We Cry Together" features the rapper and actress Taylour Paige as a couple in a toxic, dysfunctional relationship.

The music video is uncensored and NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

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The video begins with Kendrick and Taylour arguing and blaming each other for their problems.

Eventually, they wear themselves out and transform the negative energy to a positive. The final scene is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

The music video was filmed in one long take with no cuts and no lip-syncing.
 

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Former rapper Xzibit has been ordered to pay his estranged wife $6,000 a month in spousal support after she claimed he was hiding his assets.

Xzibit appeared before a judge on Monday, Aug. 1, where he was ordered to pay Krista Joiner $50,000 to hire a forensic accountant to do a deep dive into his finances. He was also ordered to pay Krista $125,000 to cover her legal bills.

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The former "Pimp My Ride" host had earlier pleaded with a judge not to force him to pay his ex spousal support. He told the judge he was destitute and "struggling to make ends meet at the same time trying to uphold being a public figure, pay my own expenses and provide for my son."

Xzibit's brother, Jason, said the rapper earned over $1 million a month from his cannabis business. Jason also claimed that Xzibit squirreled away $20 million in cash and assets.

Xzibit slammed his brother's claims as "bulls**t" and warned that "there will be blood" on Krista's hands if she keeps talking.

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Xzibit married Krista in 2014. She filed for divorce in February 2021. They share a 10-year-old son, Gatlyn. Their son, Xavier, was born prematurely and died 11 days later. Xzibit also has an adult son, Tremaine Joiner, 27, aka Tre Capital.

Xzibit, 47, is best known as former host of the popular MTV car restoration series Pimp My Ride which ran on MTV from 2004 through 2007. There was also a European version of the series titled "Pimp My Ride UK."

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Xzibit recorded 7 rap albums, including At the Speed of Life (1996) and 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998) which spawned the hit singles "Paparazzi" and "What U See Is What U Get."

Xzibit gained a new generation of fans with his role as Leslie "Shyne" Johnson on seasons 2, 3 and 4 of Fox TV's musical soap series Empire.
 

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R&B star K. Michelle's new hit single "Scooch" takes over the #1 spot on both the Billboard (7M+ audience) and Mediabase (8M+ audience) Adult Radio charts for the first time in her career.

Produced by Lil Ronnie, "Scooch" debuted in February and has worked its way up the charts, with airplay growing at radio stations across the country, including cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Charlotte, and more.

In addition, the single has also amassed over 5M+ streams and views combined on DSPs (Apple, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). "Scooch" is K. Michelle's first single off her sixth and final R&B album, I'm The Problem, which releases this fall.

"I'm just excited about putting out music that everyone can relate to," states K. Michelle. "It's time for my new album, I'm The Problem, and I can't wait for you guys to hear it."

Click here to listen to "Scooch."

Watch the music video below, directed by Derek Blanks.
 

Ciara debuted her music video and her new single "Jump" featuring hip-hop group Coast Contra.

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Ciara on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" (2005) and her own "Dance Like We're Making Love" (2015).

Ciara is best known for her solo singles "Goodies", "Oh" and "1, 2 Step."

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The former homemaker and wife of Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson signaled her return to the music biz when she signed a label deal with Republic Records and Uptown Records.

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"I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” Ciara said in a press release. "[Republic co-president] Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists."

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An aspiring rapper who bragged about stealing pandemic benefits has agreed to plead guilty and will serve prison time.

According to the Department of Justice, 33-year-old Fontrell Antonio Baines, aka Nuke Bizzle, has agreed to a plea deal.

Baines, who is originally from Memphis, pled guilty to illegally obtaining COVID relief funds in 2020. He is accused of stealing more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits preloaded on 92 debit cards from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Federal authorities indicted Baines after he appeared in a music video for "EDD" flashing stacks of cash and bragging about defrauding the federal government.

"I just got rich off of EDD/ I just woke up to 300 Gs," Baines bragged. "Unemployment so sweet/ We had 1.5 land this week." Rapper Fat Wizza added: "You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim."

The hip-hop artist was charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

Prosecutors say the defendant and his associates exploited Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provisions of the CARES Act.

He allegedly used the names of identify theft victims to obtain more than 90 pre-loaded debit cards. Those cards were reportedly mailed to Beverly Hills and Koreatown addresses that were linked to Baines.

Baines and his associates withdrew $704,000 in cash using the cards.

He also allegedly admitted to being a felon in possession of a firearm with 14 rounds of ammunition.

Baines agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He will also forfeit $56,000 in cash that was seized by federal agents.

Baines faces up to 20 years in prison for the fraud charges and 10 years for the weapons charges.
 

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Cardi B is annoyed and frustrated that a music video won't accompany her new single "Hot Sh*t" featuring Kanye "YE" West and notorious gang banger Lil Durk.

The Grammy-winning rapper took to her Instagram Stories to announce her single will drop on Friday, but there won't be a music video due to "people not doing their f---ing job correctly."

"You know how I usually do the most with the promo? I just don't feel like doing too much this time around because I'm just exhausted with everybody. I'm so tired of people not doing their f**king job correctly, I'm so tired of people just doing things their way. I'm just over it, you know what I'm saying?"

Cardi added that she wanted to scrap the song altogether, but she ultimately chose to drop the single on Friday because she loves the song.

"I love the record, it's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she said.

"Hot Sh*t" will be Cardi's first single since February 2021.

Kanye previously teased that he finished a verse for Cardi in January 2022.

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"I was finishing, I was finishing that verse for your girl, you know what I mean," he told Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked. "I always believed in her since she was on [Love & Hip-Hop], period."

As for Lil Durk, the drill rapper didn't say a word about his contribution to the track.

Sources say Kanye and Durk refused to commit to shooting a music video with Cardi for the single.

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Meanwhile, Durk made headlines over the weekend when he shoved a fan during a concert at a music festival in the Netherlands.

Durk noticed the fan held up a t-shirt with an image of NBA YoungBoy — a sign of disrespect to Durk's late childhood pal King Von.

King Von, another notorious Chicago gangster-turned-drill rapper, was killed outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in December.

In the viral video, Durk sends a bodyguard to summon the fan to the stage. He is seen speaking to the fan before shoving the fan into the crowd.

Durk, who has an open attempted murder case in Atlanta, travels with around-the-clock security who accompany him on stage when he performs.

Rumor has it that Durk pays a minimum of $250,000 per month for 24-hour security.

Watch the video below.
 

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Rapper Gunna dropped his self-directed music video for his single "Banking On Me" off his third studio album, DS4Ever (Drip Season 4Ever).

The video's opening scene shows him with a beautiful Nubian woman in his Mercedes Benz outside a modest home in Houston.

He explains why she should give him time to miss her.

"I don't wanna get tired of you," he tells her.

"I love when I go out of town 'cause it give us a little time to come back to you. I be missing you... That's just how it go."

In the next scene he runs bath water for an exotic chick in a high-rise condo in New York City.

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In other cities, he takes various LSLH women on shopping sprees for cars, jewelry, and high end bags, while paying the mortgage on their luxury homes.

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At the end of the video, he returns to the Black woman. He is seen embracing her outside the starter home in Houston.

The video's message is clear. Men bank on themselves, not you.
 
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Future Hendrix is one Atlanta rapper who doesn't get his mail delivered to the Fulton County Jail.

Instead, Future's mail is delivered to his home away from home — the world famous Magic City strip club in downtown Atlanta.

Apparently, Future spends so much time at Magic City that he picks up his mail there.

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Magic City's official Instagram page posted a photo of an envelope addressed to Nyvadius [sic] "Future" Wilburn.

The photo was captioned, "@future come pick up your mail Mr. Owner!"

Future commented that he would stop by later to pick up the letter.

"On my way soon," he wrote along with crying laughing and shoulder shrug emojis.

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Magic City - also known as the Premier Atlanta Gentleman's Club - is home to the hardest working strippers in the southeast.

Men travel from as far away as California to visit Atlanta's infamous gentleman's club.

Rappers frequently reference the establishment in their song lyrics.

Future celebrated his 35th birthday there in 2018. Rapper Drake gifted Future $100,000 delivered in an armored truck.

Future recently name-dropped his ex-girlfriend, Lori Harvey, and Magic City on 42 Dugg's "Maybach" single: "Pour a lotta dope in my soda/Magic City, I'm the owner/Tell Steve Harvey I don't want her," he rapped.
 

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A track recorded by aspiring rapper Rissa Royce has been re-released following the shooting death of Atlanta rapper Trouble DTE, aka Skoob on Sunday. He was 34.

She raps on the track:

"Sacrifice your life you wanna touch it / B*tch I really came from nuthin / Now I'm hot straight out the oven / Double R won't beg for nuthin."

Rumors are swirling about what went down early Sunday morning in Rissa's Conyers, Georgia apartment.

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Sources close to the former stripper say Trouble was a "sneaky link" who Rissa was seeing on the low before she broke up with her ex-boyfriend, Jamichael Jones who punched her in the nose during an argument last week.

According to Urbandictionary.com, "a sneaky link can be a sexual or non-sexual experience that nobody knows about. (It usually is a sexual experience)."

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Sources say Trouble was the reason behind the break up, and that Rissa sent Jones a text message telling him she was out of town and he should come over and get his belongings from the apartment they shared.

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Jones went to the apartment at 3 a.m. Sunday and let himself in with his key. He woke Rissa up by punching her in the face. Then, according to sources, Trouble jumped up and grabbed his gun. During the scuffle the gun discharged, striking Trouble in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones, 33, surrendered to the police on Tuesday, after his mom put him on the phone with an investigator.

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Meanwhile, Trouble was in a relationship with another woman, who has forgiven him for being at the apartment of an aspiring rapper/stripper.

"He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I'll never be mad at him for this. I'm hurt he didn't survive," she captioned a screenshot of a CBS reporter's tweet.

"The bond we had was one of a kind & I'll cherish the memories forever. What we had most people wouldn't understand & we never cared to explain. But anything worth havin at all is worth working for & waiting for & I promise it was worth the wait. The time we spent together was the best moments of my life."

Trouble also dated reality TV star Alexis Skyy and R&B singer Monica.

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Cardi B gave a shout out to aspiring rapper GloRilla after she got a new set of teeth for $24,000.

The Memphis native is best known for her viral hit single "F.N.F. (Let's Go)", which stands for "F*** Ni**a Free."

GloRilla shared photos and videos of her new dental work on Instagram. She captioned the post: "PLAY BODAK YELLOW BY @iamcardib S/O @doctor.q_ !!!!!!!"

Cardi B responded in the comments: "Looking GOOOD!!!!!!"

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After "F.N.F." went viral, Kodak Black hooked up with the rapper for a possible collab in the studio.

So far, Saweetie, City Girls, Cardi B, Moneybagg Yo, Saucy Santana, and more have shown love for GloRilla.

Check out the song below.
 




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Video model Pasha Bleasdell, best known for appearing in Nelly's "Hot In Herre" video, has died at age 38.

Director X revealed Pasha died on June 4 from a brain tumor.

He wrote in an Instagram post:

"I've put her in a million videos and spent just as much time hanging out. She was always genuine and cool. Never brought drama to set of life. You never know when the last time you speak to some one [sic] will be the last time you speak. I hold on to my memories of you with love. Rest in Power Pasha."

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In addition to appearing in Nelly's video, Pasha also appeared in music videos for R&B singer Donnell Jones' "Where I Want To Be," dancehall rapper Sean Paul's "Gimme the Light," and many more.

Celebrities such as rapper Busta Rhymes sent their condolences on Twitter. "This is terrible!!! Rest Easy Queen Pasha," he tweeted.

Another fan left a comment under Director X's post, "My heart is broken."

A third person wrote, "OMG I CANT BELIEVE IT!!! She was such a sweetie and so much fun."
 

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Ciara made eyebrows jump when she shared a video of herself twerking for men in a gas station across from a Wendy's restaurant in California.

"Made dem gas prices #JUMP," she captioned the video in reference to skyrocketing gas prices on the West Coast.

Last week Ciara promoted her new single "J.U.M.P." with a video teaser that showed her and scantily clad dancers twerking on a Ford Bronco SUV in a gas station.

In both videos she wears a tiny tank top with tie-dyed booty shorts and a blue Kangol cap.

Many viewers questioned Ciara's sultry dance moves, given that she is a happily married mother of three.

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Ciara plans to release her new album ahead of her husband Russell Wilson's debut as quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

While her fans expressed their concern, her husband, Russ, didn't seem to mind her shaking dat a** for other men.

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Russell hopped in her comments, writing: "CiCi Summer! Making it #JUMP."

Watch the video below.